I've had this pack for years, purchased at an REI…
Height of Owner: 5'2"
Price Paid: $50 REI garage sale
I've had this pack for years, purchased at an REI garage sale in '05 i think. i've used it frequently on couple-day hikes and it's always held up really well.
recently, though, i pushed its limits by taking it on a three month adventure through central america. i packed it FULL and dragged it through buses and small airplanes from costa rica through nicaragua, el salvador, guatemala, belize, and finally the yucatan. the pack was thrown down from and on top of so many chicken buses it's remarkable it's in one piece, and carried through national forests and crazy rain storms on a regular basis. it's currently a little dirty, but still in perfect condition. not a scratch, tear, or broken buckle to speak of.
i know some REI products can be hit or miss, but if you get your hands on this one know that the quality is outstanding and it has definitely held up in circumstances far beyond what it was meant for.